Abandoned home near oil refinery

About the Toxic Zones series

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, in partnership with E&E News and NBC News, set out in 2020 to examine the health of people living in the shadows of U.S. oil refineries. Nearly 6 million people live within 1 mile of a refinery and, in most cases, those populations have higher rates of lung, heart and kidney …

Under attack for response to the pandemic, OSHA plays catch-up

This story was produced by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer, labor and environmental issues. You can sign up for their newsletter here.  In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, infections began spreading at the JBS USA beef processing plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, the area’s …

SBA releases details on PPP loans

After months of legal tussling, the Small Business Administration released detailed data yesterday on all recipients of its Paycheck Protection Program. For months, the agency fought to withhold the release of information about the loans issued to U.S. businesses in the spring. Despite multiple court rulings instructing the agency to release the full borrower names …

Screen capture from "Voting with Purpose," a live virtual event by Word in Black.

Community steps up to keep the Black press going through coronavirus  

Newsrooms across the country have been facing financial decline for many years, and the coronavirus has added an additional stress. But it is different for many Black publications – largely because consumers say they are intricately linked with their communities. “The Black press is an institution that Black America trusts. It is part of the …

Man lying down and undergoing spinal decompression

Patients pay thousands for a back pain treatment promoted by exaggerated claims

This story was produced by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer, labor and environmental issues. You can sign up for their newsletter here. Desperate to relieve their suffering, people with chronic back pain who comb the internet looking for help sometimes stumble upon a device called …

Safety agency trying to prevent harm to kids from powerful magnets

This story was produced by FairWarning (www.fairwarning.org), a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer, labor and environmental issues. You can sign up for their newsletter here. In May, a 9-year old girl, was taken to an emergency room after swallowing three powerful magnets made by a company called …